SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER RESOURCES
Online Meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Taking Care of your Behavioral Health is a sheet of tips provided by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)

The Arc of Virginia offers information and resources for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. You can:

  • Use the telephone, email, text messaging, and social media to connect with friends, family, and others.
  • Talk “face to face” with friends and loved ones using Skype or FaceTime.
  • If approved by health authorities and your health care providers, arrange for your friends and loved ones to bring you newspapers, movies, and books.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts via text or email to ensure you get updates as soon as they are available.
  • Call SAMHSA’s free 24-hour Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, if you feel lonely or need support.
  • Use the Internet, radio, and television to keep up with local, national, and world events.
  • If you need to connect with someone because of ongoing alcohol or drug problem, consider calling your local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous offices.

RESOURCES FOR HELPING CHILDREN

The Play Project has developed a guide for families who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

UNICEF includes this tip sheet for talking with your children about the coronavirus.

Here are some coronavirus-related coloring pages to help keep kids occupied while giving them opportunities to talk about how they are feeling.

PBS Parents offers advice on destressing for you and for your kids.

“Research shows that just being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids calm down. As families, we can be ‘that person’ for each other.” – Deborah Farmer Kris

PBS Parents also gives tips for talking to kids about the coronavirus, including reassuring them they are safe, sharing age-appropriate information, and talk about the ways they can help.

Author Mo Willems is offering a live stream doodling lesson.

My second grader tested out the doodling lesson.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has this guide to coping during coronavirus for parents and caregivers and this guide for helping homebound children.

MENTAL HEALTH
Rolling Stone has a great article about what it’s like to experience the coronavirus outbreak as a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Today Show has tips from mental health professionals for dealing with coronavirus anxiety.

Another article with ideas for anxiety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these pieces of advice for dealing with anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The American Psychiatric Association provides advice for taking care of mental health during disease outbreaks.

CNN has an article on supporting your mental health during this time.

So maybe it’s not completely connected to mental health, but this list of Broadway plays you can watch from home can make us all feel better, right?

MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS & FAMILIES
Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities are limiting patient entrances (to allow for screening) and non-essential onsite services (to increase social distancing). Please check facility websites or call ahead for the latest patient access information. Locate a Military Treatment Facility (Hospital or clinic).

Please share the Military and Veteran Crisis Line widely during this time (1-800-273-8255 – press 1).

Virginia Veteran and Family Support peer and family support (available remotely!), care coordination and community support services are still available by phone and email (for National Guard, Reserve Component, Veterans, and their families). Call 1-877-285-1299 (during business hours).

National Guard Family Assistance Center Services are still operational and available by phone and email during business hours (for National Guard, Reserve Component, Veterans, and their families). Please reach out if you are in need of any information or assistance: Resource & Referral, Tricare, ID Cards / DEERS, Financial Assistance & Education, Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Resources, Crisis Intervention, Legal Resource Referral, Emergency Family Assistance, EFMP.

State Family Assistance Coordinator: (757) 416-2095
Abingdon Readiness Center: 276) 634-738

Military OneSource – online COVID-19 updates/resources for Military Service Members and families. Online learning and resources (employment/teleworking, home learning for students, travel/relocation information etc.) and video/phone: 1-800-342-3647.

Team Red, White, and Blue – offering virtual connect events for physical, social, and emotional well-being for Military Service Members, Veterans, and families (and all community members). Download the Team RWB app on smartphones or tablets to connect to Team Virginia activities. Team RWB State Coordinator contact: Chris Lancia at chris.lancia@teamrwb.org.

Additional Links for Taking Care of Our Behavioral Health and Managing Stress:
www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/index.asp
www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia Department of Social Services

SHEETZ Kidz Mealz Bagz is a free meal program for kids and families.

For individuals who have food supply concerns, they can learn about feeding sites closest to their location by texting either Food or COMIDA to 877877.

Shelter, Housing and Medical Resources in Bristol VA/TN

2-1-1 VIRGINIA is a free service that can help you find local resources you may need.

High Mileage Tax Reduction

CommonHelp is another Virginia-specific site that lists areas of assistance.

A list of companies offering free resources during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

 

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